There is something terribly depressing about this piece in Governing that features quite a bit on the collapse of state government news coverage in Connecticut. While independent online journalists like Christine Stuart at ctnewsjunkie.com are paving a path toward some kind of future, the simple reality is that right now the state is heading into a fiscal swamp and almost nobody's watching what our leaders are doing in all that muck.
When it comes to watchdogs, the more you have, the more likely you'll hear from at least one when there's something noteworthy going on. Stuart's a pretty solid reporter -- and I can't help but admire her pluck -- but she's not the equivalent of a Capitol press corps.
And as reporters vanish from the political landscape, ignorance of government rises. I can't imagine how Connecticut can function as a thriving democracy when almost nobody knows what the hell is going on anymore.
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